CTC270 – Week 1 – Favourite retiring punch

Is it Sunday night already? Where did the weekend go? Oh yes that’s right, I had to work yesterday! Makes the weekend seem a lot shorter!!

I’m excited to be sharing our challenge for this week. We are casing our Favourite retiring punches and dies. How to choose!! This week, I’m starting with my favourite retiring punch.

It’s the Decorative Ribbon border punch. This is so versatile. You can use it in so many different ways. You can highlight the little scallops at the bottom, the whole strip or the top portion like I have in my card tonight.

I’ve focussed my card on lots of retiring products. I started with Lovely Lipstick cardstock. I then cut another piece, stamped it in Versamark using the Crackle Paint stamp set and embossed it with gold embossing powder (don’t stress, the gold embossing powder is not retiring!! phew).

I then stamped the sentiment from the Love What You Do stamp set in Lovely Lipstick and cut out using the Stitched Shapes dies (not retiring!!) I then cut out some borders using the Decorative Ribbon Border punch in gold foil and trimmed it to fit around the square.

I felt it need a bit more, so I grabbed the Gold Metallic edged ribbon and coloured it using the Lovely Lipstick dark blend.

Let me know what you think in the comments below. Next up is fellow Queenslander, Peta.

We would love to see your creations using your favourite retiring dies and punches so make sure you share it over on at our Facebook group.

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CTC269 – Week 1 – Favourite Retiring Bundle

Welcome to another fun week at Caseing the Catty!! We are casing our favourite retiring bundles from the 2019 – 2020 Annual Catalogue and January – June 2020 Mini Catalogue.

Now there are a few bundles retiring but some of them are carrying through just not as a bundle. But sadly, the bundle I have chosen is leaving us forever. I’ve gone with the Bonanza Buddies bundle which includes the Bonanza Buddies stamp set and the Bonanza dies. Did you know that the dies match the Birthday Bonanza designer series paper and you can cut out the cute animals on the paper using the dies!

I was inspired by the tags on page 34. I love shaker elements on a card so I thought I would turn the tags into a card.

I used the tag die in the set and cut out 2 in each colour and then used one of the smaller stitched rectangle dies to create the window. I added a piece of window sheet over the hole and added some retired gold glitter flakes. Oh and I used the foam adhesive strips to seal it up!!

I then stamped the presents and hand cut them out. I cut out the bird and koala from the DSP using the dies. I then assembled it all and attached to the card base.

If you also love the Birthday Bonanza suite as well, you can still order it here.

Next is my lovely friend, Sandra.

We would love to see your creations over on at our Facebook group.

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CTC267 – Week 2 – Flower Time

Welcome to another fun week at Casing the Catty. I hope you are managing with all the things going on. I’m working from home and I am getting used to having a sleep in each morning. I’m going to struggle getting up to drive an hour to work especially if it’s in the middle of winter!!

We are back for week 2 of casing the flowers of the Ornate Garden Suite. Now you don’t need to have the suite (although feel welcome to buy it from my store here!!)

I was inspired by a couple of the Ornate Garden images. For my background, I was inspired by the embossed background on the card on the bottom left. I cut out the large flowers from the Flourish dies and glued them to a base piece of So Saffron cardstock. As I got glue on the background, I sponged the whole background. I then embossed it with my favourite subtles embossing folder.

I’m really trying not to use Happy Birthday sentiments as I have so many birthday cards already. So I used the Flourishing Phrases stamp set and once again, my favourite Stitched So Sweetly dies.

I wanted to add some of the star (?) shapes from the dies but it was an outline die, so I glued it to Old Olive cardstock and cut it out by hand. I added a couple of the Gilded Gems for a touch of bling.

I’m quite happy with how this card turned out! I hope you like it too.

Next up is the lovely Peta.

We would love to see how you have been inspired by the flowers of the Ornate Garden Suite over on at our Facebook group.

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CTC267 – Week 1 – Inspired by Ornate Garden Suite

Welcome to Caseing the Catty, although this week, we aren’t technically casing the catalogue! We are casing the flowers of the Ornate Garden Suite which is a bundle that is going to be a part of the 2020-2021 Annual Catalogue. But you can purchase it from now! It’s a lovely suite with 2 stamp set and 2 dies, designer series paper, ribbon and gems.

So you don’t need to have this suite to be able to join in. You just have to be inspired by the flowers of the suite. I had a look at the gorgeous Ornate Garden Specialty DSP and was inspired by the daisies on one of the sheets.

I decided to grab out my daisy stamp sets, Daisy Lane and Daisy Delight. After checking out the stamps, I went with Daisy Lane as it included the smaller daisy. For my colours, Stampin’ Up! are having a Keep Stamping challenge, and for the first challenge, the colours were Coastal Cabana, Daffodil Delight, Grapefruit Grove, Mango Melody, Terracotta Tile and Bermuda Bay. You don’t have to use all the colours so I went with Coastal Cabana, Daffodil Delight and Grapefruit Grove.

I then stamped my own background and layered it with Coastal Cabana. I added a Mint Macaron ribbon (cos that’s all I had) and then stamped the small daisy and punched it out twice. I really love the look of the layered daisy. I added a gold faceted gem for the middle. The sentiment is from the same stamp set. I don’t know about you but I’ve been wanting to send cards this week to friends to cheer them up and I’ve found that 99% of my cards are birthday ones! So it’s time to start making cards with different sentiments.

I used the Stitched Label framelits for the sentiment.

Next up is the lovely Peta and her kitty, Marvi.

We would love to see how you’ve been inspired by the flowers of the Ornate Garden Suite over on at our Facebook group.

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CTC266 – Week 2 – Easter Sketch

I hope you have all been keep safe and busy at home this week. I’ve been working from home which has been “interesting”. Fortunately, I’m having the next week off as holidays which I had planned from the start of the year to get some job done around home. At least now I have my husband home to who can “help” me as well. (or hinder, I’m not sure!!)

I was excited today to get into the craft room and work on my project for this challenge. We are creating an Easter card using our sketch.

I started off by having a look at my Designer Series Papers and I landed on the Magnolia Lane DSP. I decided to use one of the floral pieces which I cut out with the Stitched Rectangle dies. For the background, I embossed a piece of Petal Pink cardstock with the Subtle embossing folder for a little bit of texture.

I grabbed out the Hold on to Hope stamp set and stamped the cross in Petal Pink on the matching cardstock. And then cut it out using the Cross of Hope framelits. The sentiment is from the same set and is stamped in Mossy Meadow.

I layered everything with dimensionals to give it a lift.

I hope you are finding things to keep you occupied, like doing our challenges!! hint hint!!

Next up is the lovely Sandra, over in New Zealand.

Please share your creation with us over on at our Facebook group!

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CTC265 – Week 2 – 2nd Release Sale-a-bration

Well, hasn’t it been an interesting week! Every day something different has changed. My work hasn’t closed yet but I feel it may happen soon. I’ve got a few craft projects to work on, so I’m prepared!

This week, we are still casing the 2nd release Sale-a-bration catalogue.

I decided to case the gift card on page 3 which uses the gorgeous Flowering Foils Specialty DSP. I actually didn’t notice that it was a gift card until I was halfway through! I coloured a piece of the dsp with the Highland Heather dark blend. I was surprised how long it took to colour in! I love how blends don’t leave colouring lines.

You’ll be really surprised as I used the Stitched So Sweetly dies and the So Sentimental stamp set. I really do love these dies and I hope they carry through to the next Annual Catalogue. I added a piece of the copper trim and stretched it out to show the texture.

It’s so shiny!! This dsp is just so nice. Make sure you grab it while Sale-a-bration is still happening.

Next up is the lovely Siobhan.

Please share your creations with us over on at our Facebook group.

Happy Stamping and keep safe!

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CTC262 – Week 1 – Casing Sketch

Welcome to February!! Can you believe that one month of 2020 has already gone by. It’s going so fast!!

This week, we are casing a sketch of a layout from page 34 of the 2020 January to June Mini Catalogue.

Isn’t this such a cute card!! I love those koalas!! So here’s the sketch.

I was so excited to see the Country Club suite as my dad is an avid golfer!! He is now set for life for cards!! So when I went to create my card for today, I wanted to use this set. So I searched through my stamps and couldn’t find it! Say what!!! I even went back through my orders and nope, I hadn’t got it yet!!! Nooooo!!!!! I did have the Country Club DSP and the Absolutely Argyle 3d embossing folder so I went with that instead.

I started with Night of Navy cardstock and embossing a piece with the Absolutely Argyle embossing folder. To make it stand out, I added a thin edge of Whisper White.

I then cut out three rectangles from the Stitched So Sweetly dies. I am loving these dies!! Scallops and stitching together are divine!!

My sentiment is from the Itty Bitty Birthdays set.

You can purchase the whole suite which includes the Country Club DSP, Club House bundle (Club house stamp set and Golf Club dies), Absolutely Argyle 3d embossing folder, Country Club twine combo pack and Country Club elements here. If you purchase the suite, you can then also choose a free Sale-a-bration item as well!!

In case you haven’t noticed before, I also have links to all the products I have used at the very bottom of my post.

Next up is the lovely Julia.

We would love to see your creation showcasing this sketch! Please share over on at our Facebook group.

Happy Stamping!

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